Relâche n°4, 1992
Crayon sur mur, acrylique et huile sur toile, aluminium laqué, tubes de néon, rubans de toile | Pencil on wall, acrylic and oil on canvas, lacquered aluminium, neon tubes, ribbon
360.0 x 314.0 cm
© ADAGP, Paris 2019
© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage
In 1992, for the series “Relâche” (Closed), Morellet revisited all of the materials he had employed up until that point— from painted canvas to metal strips to neon light tubes.
He repositioned the angles in an artful disorder created according to the laws of chance. His elements are positioned in accordance with numbers (from zero to nine) and colours that are selected randomly (here, page 313 of the Maine et Loire phone directory in which his number appears). Rooted in provocation, Morellet’s works appear to belong to geometric abstraction and minimalist art, are in fact influenced by Dadaism. Indeed, the title is a reference to a burlesque Dadaist ballet, Relâche, created in 1924 and presented in Paris by Francis Picabia, Jean Börlin, and Erik Satie.